a hand's turn

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a hand's turn

Any amount of work. Often used in a negative construction to indicate no work at all. You haven't done a hand's turn since you moved in, so it's your job to clean the whole house this weekend! We won't do a hand's turn until we're given a pay raise.
See also: turn
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a hand's turn

a stroke of work. informal
1982 Rodney Hall Just Relations Rich was she? A wallowing pig in jewels and wicked money she never did a hand's turn to earn for herself?
See also: turn
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While I was thus looking and wondering, in a calm moment, when the ship was still, Israel Hands turned partly round and with a low moan writhed himself back to the position in which I had seen him first.
Strong and ready hands turned him about and conveyed him in silence and haste to the sidewalk and averted the ignoble fate of the menaced mallard.
The pendulum of the great clock went to and fro, and the hands turned, and everything in the room became still older; but they did not observe it.
Henderson of course made his full England debut in last November's 2-1 defeat at the hands Turn to Page 100
Spoiler alert: his secret is that his hands turn into wings and he can fly, which is how he saves the baby.
When they need workers to mow the grass, put up flags and banners, help with sign-up, count laps, serve as flaggers, score the races, and give out trophies, guess where the Hands turn? "My students are always asking if we need help," Hand says.
E) scrub pots 'n' pans 'til your hands turn all pruney.
They are shown in slow motion: The feminine hands turn a lipstick lasciviously out of its case; run lovingly over the tip of an eyeliner pencil, like a displaced striptease.
stone, face, feet, and belly, hands turned palm upward, with large gold
London, July 15 (ANI): Michael Jackson's brother Tito has revealed that the late singer once had so many carrots his hands turned orange.
But while academy officials kept mum, nominees had plenty to say as a mix of first-time contenders and old hands turned up at a news conference before the lunch.
She grasped the pulley tether with both hands until the knuckles of her little hands turned white; she gritted her teeth and clamped her eyes shut.
Heartbroken Spud, aka Calum Fraser, 39, from Aviemore, eventually gave up his vigil after his hands turned blue with cold.
His feet and hands turned blue five days after being admitted to the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow Sheriff Court was told.